Robert C. Taylor, 79, Jasper

Robert C. Taylor, 79, of Jasper, died Wednesday, January 20, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, January 28, 1941, to Billie Ray and Elizabeth (Rainbolt) Taylor. He married Susan Gosman November 26, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Robert was a graduate of Kokomo High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Evansville in 1966 and spent four years at the Kinchelo, Michigan Air Force base as NCOIC of the base gym, ran all of the base intramural programs, and was the base assistant basketball and head softball coach. Following his service in the Air Force he earned his master’s degree and education specialist degree from Ball State University. He spent his entire career in education in Indiana at schools in Rushville, Winamac, Rossville, Richmond, Greenwood, and Wabash. He served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal, and retired as a superintendent. He was a member of American Legion Post 147 in Jasper, the Elks Club in Rushville, and the Wabash Rotary Club. He enjoyed golfing, cars of any kind, and weightlifting where he entered many competitions. He loved following the stock market and sports and traveled to 49 of the 50 states. He was affectionately called, “Cowboy Bob.”

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan Taylor, Carmel; two daughters, Marti Ann Luken, Redondo Beach, California, and Tami Strack and husband John, Westfield; four granchildren, Taylor and Kendyl Strack and Jack and Carter Luken; and two sisters, Susan Thomas, Madison, and Rebecca Grow and husband Joel, Rockingham, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billie Ray and Elizabeth Taylor.

Private funeral services were held at Becher Kluesner Funeral Home.

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